Category: lawns

PREP: September is Lawn Month so Get Ready!

When it comes to lawn improvement in the Northeast and Midwest United States, “September is Lawn Month” for all the reasons outlined here. Oh sure, people are more revved-up to perform lawn improvement projects in the Spring, but September is actually the BEST time!… Continue Reading “PREP: September is Lawn Month so Get Ready!”

Crabgrass Control Now

L.O.L. SIGN IN FRONT OF GARDEN CENTER: “Grouchy hippies smoke crabgrass.” BACK TO REALITY: It’s that time of year to control crabgrass on home lawns, by applying a “pre-emergent” — meaning a product that has to be on the lawn BEFORE crabgrass germinates. I’m… Continue Reading “Crabgrass Control Now”

First Frost

After years of observing the weather in our Pittsburgh area, October 10th became the average date for our first frost, marking the end of the growing season for frost-sensitive plants. It also marks the date to bring houseplants indoors. Recently, when I mentioned this… Continue Reading “First Frost”

Are Green Lawns Really Green?

Sometime in the late-70’s we saw the widespread emergence and acceptance of home lawn care featuring “blanket spray” treatments for home lawns, using a steady dose of fertilizer and insecticides. Keeping up with the Joneses next door became the standard. A lush green lawn,… Continue Reading “Are Green Lawns Really Green?”

Its the Beetles!

Along with Independence Day, Lightning Bugs, and the heat and humidity in western Pennsylvania, July brings back the Beetles! Not the singing type, more the chewing type. These buggers are primarily known for the lawn damage they cause, which seems especially noticeable on lawns… Continue Reading “Its the Beetles!”

Death To Lawns?

The perfect home lawn has been the illusive goal of many, and rarely achieved for any length of time by most. You see, new lawns have what is known as a “honeymoon period,” which could be compared to the “7 year itch,” since that’s… Continue Reading “Death To Lawns?”

Nonfunctional Grass

In all my many years of landscaping and lawn maintenance, I had never heard the term “nonfunctional grass” until yesterday. That’s the term being used to describe certain turfgrass areas, actually 31 percent of the turf in the Las Vegas area, which can no… Continue Reading “Nonfunctional Grass”

Dragging Hose

Since a great, all day, soaking rain on Mothers Day, our Pittsburgh area weather has been hot and dry, so this is the precise time when watering your outdoor plants can make a real difference. While all the trees and shrubs in the Pittsburgh… Continue Reading “Dragging Hose”

Throw and Grow

The nickname my Penn State professor gave Perennial Ryegrass has stuck with me all these years. Tom Watschke was one of those teachers you were fortunate to have, one of the truly memorable ones through all your years of schooling, due to his knowledge,… Continue Reading “Throw and Grow”

Staying Sharp

Maintaining a sharp lawnmower blade is more important than you think. A clean cut will help your lawn look its best. Key points for proper lawn mowing: Sharpen you rotary mower blade at least once a year, more often if possible. Try not to… Continue Reading “Staying Sharp”

Time to Seed

A more appropriate title would be “Not much time left to seed” if you have a lawn in Pennsylvania, New England, the Midwestern U.S. or Canada. There are basically two times a year that are best for lawn seeding: Spring and Fall. For multiple… Continue Reading “Time to Seed”

Protecting Your Trees

A stringline trimmer aka ‘weed whacker’ can be a tree’s greatest enemy. Just inside that ‘dead looking’ outer bark of a tree trunk is living tissue in need of your protection. Damaging that living tissue can lead to the death of the tree, by… Continue Reading “Protecting Your Trees”

Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Digging is hard enough, so why make it even harder with a dull shovel? With the arrival of Spring and a sunny day, I noticed some ‘weekend warriors’ out working in their yards yesterday. Since digging was a big part of my professional life,… Continue Reading “Sharpest Tool in the Shed”